As well as being the most southerly 'Costa', it is the least developed. You'll find few high-rise resorts here. Instead a smattering of fishing villages pepper the coast; inland lie traditional Andalucían towns, while every you look are miles of untouched sandy expanses.
Cost de la Luz is popular with Spanish tourists, particularly from inland cities such as Madrid and Seville. Always a good sign in our book, as local knowledge is incomparable! This is a very different Spain to that of the Costa del Sol. And a holiday to Costa de la Luz will suit those looking for a quiet sunny retreat in 'real' Spain.
Conil de la Frontera is the nearest thing to a fully-fledged family that you'll find on a Costa de la Luz holiday. Whitewashed in classic Andalucían-style, Conil enjoys an enviable slow pace ideal for hazy days in the sunshine. Its beach stretches for 16 golden kilometres - disturbed only by the occasional footprint - with excellent seafood restaurants and tapas bars to try as you wander along it.
The fashionable resort of Chiclana de la Frontera is located just northwest of Conil. Its pristine powdery beach, Playa de la Barossa, is locally renowned for its beauty and provides various water sports. The dining and nightlife has an Andalucían feel. Namely, relaxed and focused on plenty of good food and local wine, which is superb. There are two Seve Ballesteros-designed golf courses in Chiclana.
The sun-speckled Isla Canela is right on the border with the Algarve and separated from the mainland by Guadiana River. It's undoubtedly a top choice for a blissful beach holiday in Costa de la Luz. The golden beach is 7km long and Blue Flag-awarded; it's a famous spot for kitesurfing and windsurfing. The odd beach bar provides a nice setting for a cocktail in the sunshine, while there are numerous alfresco restaurants at the yachting marina.
Neighbouring Isla Cristina also features a picture-perfect Blue Flag-awarded beach. It's home to a traditional fishing port that provides some of the finest seafood in the country, particularly tuna and mackerel. Definitely somewhere to stop on a gourmet tour of Andalucía.
...take a look at our guide to holidays in Costa Almeria.